"Leaders have an accurate view of the college's performance; they are determined to move towards outstanding overall effectiveness."

Ofsted 2014


Ofsted: Thursday and Friday 11th and 12th September, 2014

Firstly, a huge thank-you to the 89 parents who completed Ofsted’s parental survey last week. The results are shown in the following link:   

Comparisons with other local schools show us in an extremely positive light, with 96% of parents saying that they would recommend Desborough College to other parents.

As a school Ofsted judged us as Good in all of the sections of their report which can be reached through the following link:  

The Good judgement was a disappointment to me because I genuinely believe that we have very many Outstanding features and I have said on many occasions that my mission, shared by staff, school governors and The Education Fellowship, is to take our school to an Outstanding Ofsted judgement. I believe that Desborough boys ( and sixth-form girls) are entitled to an outstanding education and I am determined to fulfil that ambition. We are getting ever closer and the next time that Ofsted call I believe that we will be given recognition for the Outstanding work that goes on here.

I would like to thank the staff, teaching and non-teaching, colleagues from Radley College and governors who work so very hard on behalf of the boys and who are responsible for the many improvements that have taken place at Desborough. They are immensely committed and I feel privileged to be their headteacher.

Paul Frazer

Summary of key findings

The overall conclusion of this inspection is Good

  • The recently appointed Principal provides strong leadership and is committed to achieving the highest standards. Since his arrival in 2012, he has rapidly improved the quality of teaching and learning in the college.
  • All leaders with subject responsibilities want the very best for students.
  • Governors and sponsors check carefully how well the leaders and teachers meet their targets. They are closely involved with the college and know its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students are happy in the college and say they feel safe and enjoy their lessons. Their behaviour is consistently good and they are always willing to work together in lessons. Their enjoyment of school is supported by high attendance figures.
  • Teaching is good overall and there is some that is outstanding in Mathematics, Drama and Art.
  • Students have achieved results in GCSE Mathematics and English which have been well above the national average.
  • Students in the Sixth Form who study A-levels subjects make good progress. They are given opportunities to study a broad range of subjects, both in the college and through a sixth form consortium with other schools.